Smithsonian Institution Arts and Industries Building

Washington, DC


ABA developed the program and a conceptual design feasibility study to revitalize the Smithsonian’s 1881 Arts and Industries Building, incorporating large-scale exhibits, incubator space, a theater, a café, retail spaces, and workplace. ABA’s evaluated the 183,000-square-foot building’s existing conditions, visitor projections, program requirements, systems, security, sustainability, resilience, and historic fabric. Working with AIB and Smithsonian staff and advisors, ABA’s study developed budgets, design options, phasing, and fundraising opportunities. The resultant plan is the basis of the Smithsonian’s South Campus redevelopment strategy for this exceptional landmark.

Location: Washington, DC

Project Team: Philip Chen FAIA, Ed Rice AIA, Melissa Murphy AIA, Amber Penman AIA (ABA); Silman (Structural); Altieri (MEP / FP); Wiles Mensch (Civil); GHD (Security); Thornton Tomasetti (Blast Mitigation); Hanscomb (Cost)